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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Spangled Queen Fritillary
Issoria isaea  GRAY, 1846
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - HELICONIINAE
Tribe - ARGYNNINI
Issoria isaea  West Sikkim, India   Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Issoria comprises of about a dozen species, split into 2 subgenera. The Yramea group comprises of 6 neotropical species, while the Issoria group includes 4 purely African species, plus lathonia and isaea. Some workers consider isaea to be a synonym or subspecies of the Queen of Spain Fritillary lathonia. The latter is strongly migratory and is found across Europe, north Africa and the Middle East.
Issoria isaea is found in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan and China.
Habitats
This species inhabits hot, open flowery valleys and gorges at elevations between about 500-2000m.
Lifecycle
The caterpillars been found on a wide range of plants in India including Viola ( Violaceae ), Anchusa ( Boraginaceae ) Rubus ( Rosaceae ) and Onobrychis ( Fabaceae ).
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are usually seen singly in open flowery areas. Males sometimes imbibe mineralised moisture from damp sand along riverbanks, but both sexes are most often seen when nectaring at herbaceous flowers.

 

 

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